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Sleep Well to Improve Heart Health

A healthy heart and a good night's sleep go hand in hand. The National Sleep Foundation explains how heart health and sleep are closely related.

Everybody knows that eating well and exercising do great things for your heart. Don't forget to add sleep to your list of heart health priorities.

Our heart pumps blood for our entire life, so when does it get a break? As we sleep, our heart rate and blood pressure both lower a bit, so  sleep could be key to keeping our hearts (and bodies) healthy.

People who get less than six hours of sleep a night are prone to three major health problems, which are heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Remember, that adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimal health. 

Adults are not the only ones at risk for health problems by not getting enough sleep. Adolescents who do not get enough sleep face heart risks as well, including high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure. 

A healthy heart and good sleep hygiene go hand in hand at any age!

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This video is part of an ongoing series HealthiNation has created in partnership with the experts at the National Sleep Foundation, www.sleepfoundation.org

Lauren Hale, PhD

This video features Lauren Hale, PhD. Dr. Hale is the editor in chief of the National Sleep Foundation's professional journal, Sleep Health, and an associate professor of preventive medicine in the program in public health at Stony Brook University.

Duration: 1:23. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Preeti Parikh, MD, . Review date: Aug. 1, 2015
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